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Japanese troops head to California beach for training

Posted June 10, 2013 by Julie Watson

Japanese troops will converge on California’s southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country’s amphibious attack abilities. U.S. and Japanese military officials said the unprecedented training, led by U.S. Marines and sailors, will help Japan’s Self-Defense Force operate in stronger coordination with…

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Aerial firefighting continues against Rocky Mountain fires

Posted June 26, 2013 by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier An air tanker “pit” crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules June 24, 2013, prior to the aircraft’s departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB’s flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting…

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Navy’s first mobile landing platform departs San Diego

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The USNS Montford Point departs San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett in the state of Washington.

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AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

Posted August 7, 2013 by Raquel March

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. The construction for Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) ended July 30, 1993. Today the facility continues to test the nation’s large ICBM’s such as the Peacekeeper and Minuteman systems and new developmental systems. Following the signing of…

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Space, missile defense symposium promotes defensive future

Posted August 21, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

Army photograph by Dottie White Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, gives his opening remarks to kick off the 16th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13, 2013. The symposium took place Aug. 12-15. The Rocket…

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Future Navy ops like Syria at risk by budget cuts

Posted September 11, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

American warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered, but impending cuts in the defense budget will make that kind of operation far more difficult in the years to come, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Sept. 11. Mabus said that even now fewer ships are going to sea, fewer Navy…

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Study: Pentagon could cuts thousands of employees

Posted September 25, 2013 by Pualine Jelinek

The Defense Department could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 civilian employees without hurting U.S. fighting power, four former members of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a new report on military strategy and spending. Nearly $50 billion in budget cuts are recommended in the report released Sept. 24 and authored…

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Army live-stream of AUSA exposition to allow viewer participation

Posted October 14, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Many soldiers will not be able to attend the Oct. 21-23 event in person, due to lack of budget and restrictions on travel. However, the educational and professional development panels will be available to them online, and they will even be able to ask questions. “We look at the Army part of AUSA as a…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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AF participates in first Israeli Blue Flag exercise

Posted December 4, 2013 by SMSgt. Dwayne Gordon

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Lee Osberry A group of F-15E Strike Eagles taxi following a combat mission during the Blue Flag exercise Nov. 26, 2013, on Uvda Air Force Base, Israel. Aircraft from the 492nd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, deployed to participate in the exercise, which promoted improved operational capability, combat…

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